“We’d rather be ruined than changed.

H. Auden wrote, “We’d rather be ruined than changed. We’d rather die in our dread than to climb up on the cross of the moment and let our illusions die.” We all have experiences that reflect this truth, if we look honestly.  Those of us who have experienced financial failure because we made bad business decisions, like hanging on to a failing business, can certainly attest to this reality.

Of personal concern was being motivated for a brief period by greed.  The period was brief because greed and my value system could not co-exist.  The result was bitter; however, it opened the door to a great blessing.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

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The pain associated with ego-centrism

 

What we lack in feelings of genuine self worth, must be compensated for with the ego, that tells us how good we are whether we truly  believe it or not.  Consequently, we can more easily forgive egocentric behavior when we realize the pain that is being experienced by the person who is behaving in a self-possessed manner.

Rick Rigsby, a great communication professor and life coach has this to say. “Ego is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.” Forgive them, for they know not what they do no matter what they may say to the contrary.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

The Spirit of Prospeity

Prosperity may be defined as a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects. Emmett Fox wrote that prosperity was measured by success in prayer.  However, if we are healthy, happy and filled with positive expectations, might we not also feel prosperous, regardless of how much money we may or may not have?

It may be said that prosperity, like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder.  If this is true, who’s better off, the rich man who thinks he’s poor or the poor man who thinks he’s rich? Like so much of life, it’s a choice.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

The importance of integrity

Perhaps integrity is the most significant attribute we possess.  It is so significant that only through conscious striving can we earn it and it can be lost in a split second.  Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense speaking at the Naval Academy said parenthetically, that one’s integrity must be maintained, even at the expense of one’s career.

Such a statement must have been a challenge to hear and to accept by those midshipmen who had spent four challenging years preparing for a naval career that had been achieved though an incredibly difficult endeavor.  Let us hope and pray that they took it to heart because integrity is a spiritual quality that must be developed with both mind and heart.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.